Using more salt doesn't make your sidewalks safer — it harms plants and animals, pollutes our water, damages buildings and corrodes vehicles, roads and bridges. Once you put salt down, it doesn’t go away. Instead, it travels into our lakes and streams, putting our aquatic life at risk and endangering our freshwater resources. Salt also alters the composition of soil, slows plant growth and weakens the concrete, brick and stone that make up your home and garage. Using the right amount of salt maximizes your family’s safety.
fits in a 12
ounce coffee mug
and is enough
to treat a 20-foot driveway
or 10 sidewalk squares.
Our current practices are not sustainable; our wetlands, streams and ponds have already reached toxic levels. Road salt has been used as a deicer on streets in the Dane County region since the late 1950s, and over the last 50 years, average lake water concentrations have steadily increased — in Lake Mendota, salt concentrations increase about 1 mg/L each year. If that rate continues, the waters will eventually taste salty and exceed toxic concentrations for aquatic life.
WI Salt Wise thanks the stores below for posting WI Salt Wise signs in their locations this winter.
We appreciate their help getting the word out about smart winter maintenance!